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Google Zürich Reviews

Updated September 29, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 309 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 271 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great compensation and culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Compensation
    * Free food and perks
    * All the interest groups: frisbee, hockey, board games
    * Great colleagues

    Cons

    * I don't trust the upper management. They don't have my respect
    * Our team doesn't function as a team, it's just individuals sitting together.
    * I expected higher code quality from such a respected company.

    Advice to Management

    I don't trust the upper management. They don't have my respect


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Your typical Google review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - SRE in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - SRE in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's Google:
      - The teams I worked with were pretty strong
      - The infrastructure is interesting to work with
      - The benefits are great (in Zurich)

    Cons

    It's Google:
      - The company is big, so there is bureaucracy
      - Things may move slowly
      - May be difficult to find an interesting project to work on after a while especially in satellite offices

    Advice to Management

    Maybe it I could find an interesting project, I would've stayed - and I heard the same sentiment from other people too.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Google is the nicest BIG company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - In Switzerland, the money is good.
    - Contrary to earlier reviews, work/life balance has actually been fixed and is fine now.
    - Likewise, middle management has been fixed and is generally pretty good now.
    - You will work with a lot of really, really smart people and you will learn so, so much.
    - People in engineering get a lot of freedom to work on their own side-projects, travel, publish, work on opensource, and so on.
    - Everyone MEANS well pretty much all the time. It is rare for people to be underhanded or obviously self-serving.

    Cons

    - Most people are super smart, but many of them lack even basic social skills and they WILL drive you up the wall.
    - Google is a really good large company, but it is a large company. Creeping bureaucracy and attempts at making everything more corporate are a daily theme and, if left unchecked, will eventually destroy the culture.
    - People retention measured in decades has its downsides. Because Google has been so successful, the old-timers see little reason to adopt engineering practices of the 21st century, and Google is slowly but surely slipping further and further behind the industry in tools and programming practices.
    - GOD DAMNED OPEN OFFICE PLANS. The scourge of tech companies. Google is one of the worst offenders.

    Advice to Management

    - PLEASE, for goodness's sake, let people use stuff invented after 1990. Otherwise, Google will become one of the companies we laugh at that still write COBOL in 2015.
    - No, Go doesn't count: it's basically a nicer C.


  4. "Software engineering intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    + good food
    + the company has great impact and uses great technologies

    Cons

    - the review process seems to be quite slow to me and it takes time to submit code
    - intern don't have that many permission and usually there are many problems with that


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Googley"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Die Sonderzahlungen sind wirklich gut

    Cons

    Politik kann zum Problem werden


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Großartige Firma. Es ist toll, in einer stark wachsenden Firma mit hochintelligenten Kollegen zu arbeiten"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Abteilungsleiter in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Abteilungsleiter in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Starkes Wachstum - sehr viele Gelegenheiten

    Flexibilität

    Hochqualitative Vergünstigungen

    Cons

    Man ist DRIN oder man ist DRAUßEN. Es gibt keine Mitte.

    Advice to Management

    Seid transparenter


  7. "Praktikant in der Softwareentwicklung"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Praktikant Softwareentwicklung in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Intern - Praktikant Softwareentwicklung in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Gutes Essen

    Gute Arbeitszeiten

    Tolle Atmosphäre

    Cooles Umfeld

    Großartige Arbeitskollegen

    Tolle Vergünstigungen

    Cons

    Manchmal war es schwierig, andere mit gleichem Hintergrund zu treffen, die meine Probleme in der Orientierungsphase nachvollziehen konnten. Teilweise war ich sehr frustriert mit der Firmeninfrastruktur.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Großartiges Unternehmen, um dort zu arbeiten"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Interessante Arbeit

    - Gutes Gehalt

    - Viele kleinere Zuschüsse

    - Flexible Arbeitsstunden

    - Kostenloser, unlimitierter Telefonservice

    - Stabile Arbeitszeiten

    - Offene Kommunikation

    - Guter Ausgleich zwischen Arbeits-/Freizeit

    - Grünes Unternehmen, dass sich um die Umwelt sorgt

    Cons

    - mir fällt nichts ein

    Advice to Management

    Bevollmächtigt eure Angestellten noch weiter, es macht einen Unterschied. Verkauft euch außerdem nicht an den Meistbietenden, sofern das heißt, dass das neue Unternehmen zerstören wird, was wir aufgebaut haben


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tolles Unternehmen, um Know-how zu erhöhen und ein soziales Netzwerk für eine eigene Unternehmung aufzubauen."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Softwareentwickler in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Tolle Einsicht in den hochwertigen Softwareentwicklungsprozess.

    Großartige Erfahrung im Design der zuverlässigen und stabilen Cloud-Services.

    Clevere und kreative Mitarbeiter.

    Cons

    Schlechte Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten die Karriere betreffend:
    1) zu wenige Schritte in der Karriereleiter;
    2) verworrener Beförderungsprozess

    Da das Unternehmen derzeit wächst, werden Probleme in der Kommunikation im Team sichtbarer.

    Die Technologien, die innerhalb von Google verwendet werden, sind in den meisten Fälle nicht extern erhältlich.


  10. "Großartiger Arbeitsplatz mit unglaublich talentierten Kollegen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UX-Architekt in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - UX-Architekt in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Sehr vielfältige und talentierte Arbeitskräfte, fantastische Zulagen und Arbeitsbedingungen. Es fühlt sich an wie das größte globale Unternehmen der Welt. Als Angestellter bei Google fühlt man sich, als wäre mit im Zentrum der größten aktuellen Innovationen und wenn man von sich aus motiviert und fleißig ist, kann man in diesem Unternehmen eine Menge erreichen.

    Cons

    Mit dem Wachstum des Unternehmens muss man mit einer Menge Bürokratie klarkommen und mehrere Ebenen des Managements werden höherrangig platziert.


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